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Nothing to worry after CAB: PM Modi assures Assam as it erupts in protest

A day after the bill was passed in Parliament, Modi, in a series of tweets in both English and Assamese, said the identity of the people of Assam will be preserved and will continue to grow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the function to commemorate 'Samvidhan Divas' at Parliament House. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI

Against the backdrop of violent protests in Assam opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister assured the people of the state on Thursday that they have nothing to worry about the new law.

In a series of tweets, in both Assamese and English, the prime minister said he personally and the Central government are "totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6." The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord guaranteed safeguarding local rights, language and culture.

"I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of #CAB (sic)," PM Modi wrote on the microblogging site.

He said, "No one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow." Several incidents of violence have been reported from the northeastern state following the passage of the bill by Parliament on Wednesday night. The law seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan facing persecution there.

Guwahati, the epicentre of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday night while the Army was called in at four places and Assam Rifles personnel were deployed in Tripura as the two northeastern states plunged into chaos over the hugely emotive Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB.

First Published: Thu, December 12 2019. 10:31 IST